Wednesday, September 7, 2016
A Long Drive to Buy a Book
About two weeks ago I was looking for two books I wanted to buy. Ordinarily, I would have just gone on line to Amazon.com and bought them but, I decided that I hadn't been inside an actual bookstore in ages so I'd go to the store instead. I quickly discovered that there are no bookstores in central Phoenix. Oh yes, there are a couple of used book stores and one or two specialty bookstores but no large ones close by. Not deterred, I set out to the far northern reaches of the city to a shopping center called Desert Ridge. An appropriate name since it sits on far northern border of the city with desert beyond. So, 25 miles later I found myself at a shopping center I've never shopped at before.
It was certainly attractively built with lots of covered spaces and In the photo above this sort of show place complete with a huge digital screen and a water feature. I found the books I wanted and a couple more too. There is good and bad in both on line shopping and in-store shopping. On line you just buy what you are looking for and have it sent and that's the end. In the store (especially a bookstore) you wander around and the next thing you know your arms are loaded with more than you came for. So I guess I'll have to decide before I shop. Do I want intellectually stimulating and budget busting or do I want to stay seated in front of my computer and stay in budget. Hmmm...decisions, decisions.